The Lalmati Duramari Ganesh Temple is situated nearby Abhayapuri at Khagrapar hills and is one among the oldest monuments of Assam. After a detailed study, archaeologists have come to the conclusion that according to the carving and structures of the idols, the temple and its images are down the ages of 8th to 10 century AD.
When you visit this place, you can see the monument remains and few ruined formations. A nature lover will like the beauty of these broken parts being hung, in abstract shapes. The real reason for the destruction of the images and temple is still a mystery. Some hearsay is that the cause of destruction was a major earthquake that had hit the Northeast Region in the 8th or 10th century AD. Whereas many believe all the images along with the temple were destructed as a punishment to the worshippers and the priests of the temple by Kalapahar. There is also a third view on the ruins that the camping Burmese at the Malegarh Hills destructed the idols and the temple before leaving. Archaeologists’ diary believes chances of an Earthquake being the reason for the destruction.
Popular Things to Do and See in and around
The Lalmati Duramari Ganesh Temple with its beauty has always been tourist spot for the nature lovers. It takes almost 2-3 hours to see the temple.
Lungai Pahar Shiva Temple is 10 kms from Abhayapuri. People believe it to be a very sacred place to wash off sins by climbing 230 steps to the temple. Offer prayers to the stone carved sculptures of Lord Ganesh, Shiva and Goddess Kali.
Ram Rajar Garh, a human made pond is situated at Deohati village unearthed by Ramsingh 1, king of Amer Rajasthan.
Jogighopa, 30 kms from Abhayapur is an immensely beautiful kingdom on the northern bank of Brahmaputra- Koch Rajbongshi. Every year number of visitors keeps increasing and reaches up to lakhs.
Tourists prefer visiting the Lalmati Duramari Ganesh temple for picnic or for a day, owing to its strategic location, you can reach the place in no time availing auto rickshaws. Rental cars are also available from Abhayapuri. Tourists from Guwahati and Bongaigaon can take a cab which is readily available all day.
Best Time to Visit
November to February is the peak tourist time to visit. With cool breeze along the banks of the holy Brahmaputra, family get together here is ideal.